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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- English: Spoken, Written
- Spanish: Spoken, Written
- Immigration Attorney
- The Mendieta Law Firm, PLLC
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- Certified Legal Internship
- Legal Aid of Collier County
- Immigration and Nationality Law
- Directora de la Gazeta Judicial de la Corte Suprema de Justicia
- Poder Judicial de Honduras
- Editor in Chief of the quarterly Judicial Publication
- Agente Especial
- Procuraduria General de la Republica de Honduras
- Pretrial research and investigation
- Ave Maria School of Law
- J.D. (2016) | Law
- Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras
- J.D. (1993) | Law
- St. Francis Cabrini Award
- Ave Maria School of Law
- The Florida Bar  # 0127587
- Collier County Bar Association
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10 Questions Answered
- Q. Can i switch from consular processing to adjustment of status for my spouse's case and how can it be done ?
- A: Consular Process and Adjustment of States are two different ways to make your Husband a legal resident. Seems your husband is in his country of origin and thus you had to chose consular process. If your husband were to have been legally in the U.S. you could have chosen to adjust his status while remaining in the U.S. Since you already commenced the process via consular process most likely your husband will not be able to enter the U.S. as a tourist, should he already have a tourist visa. Having a visa to enter as a tourist means his intentions are to stay for a short amount of time in the U.S. However, if his intention really is to come to adjust his status, he will be lying to the CBP immigration officer at the port of entry. And lying to obtain an immigration benefit (ie enter the US) is never in his best interest. I know living apart is hard for a marriage. However, since you already started the consular process I strongly suggest you continue this process. Of course, I also suggest you hiring an immigration attorney to help you with the following steps in the process.
- Q. I was arrested I got my records clean I’m applying for a visa n it ask if I’ve been arrested so should
- A: If you have been arrested, then your answer must say yes. It does not matter how long ago it was or if it was expunged or not. You are able to explain the circumstances of the arrest and the fact that it was expunged. You should also explain the reason it was expunged and why it should not weigh against your petition.
- Q. My girlfriend lives in Italy. I was born and raised in the United States. I own a business. How can my girlfriend stay?
- A: This question if difficult to answer as you do not give us much insight in your goals. For the sake of trying to help you, I will make some assumptions: 1: Can my girlfriend stay in the United States for only 6 months of the year. I am assuming you have some knowledge of US immigration laws. I will also assume she would like to earn money while in the U.S? If so, she will need to have work authorization. There are several ways to obtain work authorization in the U.S. Among several are: you have an investment business, you may be able to hire her for qualities she might possess and not available in the U.S. The fact that she speaks English and Italian may help, her specialized education and or training to the type of investment you have, and others. If not, she is able to live here for less than 6 months and enjoy herself as a tourist. Florida is a beautiful State, and Naples, FL is a beautiful city. I strongly suggest you speak with an immigration attorney to help you navigate all the possibilities. I bid you good luck. Sincerely, Ana S. Mendieta, Esq.
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